Talk:tone sandhi

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@Kc kennylau and @Tooironic Kenny, Carl, what's the deal with all these changes? Sorry, I couldn't reply on my talk page earlier. has original third tone (mǎ) and like 哪里, still works as if it's the third tone. Nominal tone: nǎli, actual tone: náli. , that's why the actual tones are "ní háo ma". Besides, it's "wó hén hǎo" - several third tone syllables in a row can be affected. @Wyang please join, if you can. --Anatoli (обсудить/вклад) 01:12, 17 June 2014 (UTC)

嗎 is toneless when used as a particle. Hence reduction in 你好嗎:
ni3 hao3 ma > ni2 hao3 ma
我很好 has two possible patterns of reduction:
In careful speech:
wo3 + hen3 hao3 (+: morpheme boundary) > wo3 + hen2 hao3
In colloquial speech:
wo3 hen3 hao3 > wo2 hen2 hao3
Wyang (talk) 01:17, 17 June 2014 (UTC)
OK, thanks for clarifying. I see 吗 never affects previous syllables - I saw someone claiming that it does. Come to think of it, I never heard "ní háo ma" but I was affected by the explanation (I can't find it any more). --Anatoli (обсудить/вклад) 01:30, 17 June 2014 (UTC)